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Rettberg, Chapter 2

January 23, 2012

Bards and Blogs. Within the first page Blogging is compared to Journalism. This comparision seems a little streched from the truth, for any person can create and maintan whenever they want online. It is as simple as me writing this now, I am not a published journalist but sense I am writing this blog here and now does that qualify me as a journalist? I can not see the comparision between me and The NewYork Times though there are plenty of blogs that are connected to the New York Times. These blogs may be considered journalism but where is the line drawn?

Rettberg quotes both the Bible and Plato comparing their written stories as messages that not everyone will accept. Her methods may not seem conventional, and though I may not agree with them, she does bring a very good point to the table. Not every person who reads your opinion will agree with it and many will state their own opinion. This is apart of our rights, everyone has the right to post their own thoughts but everyone is also allowed to share their thoughts on your post. Dealing with this may be a test that many bloggers comes across and how they do deal with it will be represented in their blogs.

Print is a dying art. I believe that the world has become to dependent on technology. Writing a book about blogs and having it paper publish does seem a bit ironic, however, for Rettberg is supporting internet blogging by applying the methods of print publishing. Though everything is slowly becoming internet based, I would like to believe that the world of publishing is not coming to an end. And clearly if this class is reading a paper back book about blogging, there is still hope for the world of publishing for this is the print that Rettberg chose to use. She could have easily posted all of her ideas online in a blog, which I am assuming that she has done, but she also chose to use the printing press to get her word out more.

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  1. Kevin permalink
    January 24, 2012 5:29 pm

    I don’t think you have to worry, Amanda, about print coming to an end. As you write, Rettberg chose to have her book published in paper, and that wasn’t an arbitrary decision: she chose to have it published in paper because publishing in paper has certain inherent advantages. One advantage is, at least in contemporary society, publishing in paper carries more authoritative weight; as you also write, anyone can publish on the internet whether they know what they are talking about or not, but to publish something on paper means that your work has gone through some kind of selective editorial process which lends it a degree of authority. A second advantage is that paper is more available and less class-based: even the poorest of the poor (at least in this country) has access to books, while the majority of people in the world cannot afford a computer or the fees charged in order to hook that computer up to the internet and use social media. A third reason is because though enthusiasts like to tout that the internet is universal, it is only universal in a limited sense–setting aside the costs that limit access to it, everything that gets published on it gets routed through a server usually owned by a big corporation or a government, and that corporation or government could well decide to restrict access, or to allow only certain things it finds acceptable to be published on it, as has already happened in China, Cuba, and Egypt. A medium which does not require a link to such a service–such as a small printing press–has a degree of freedom that could come in very handy if internet service becomes more restricted and authoritarian.

    While it’s true that everyone can state their own opinion on a blog, it is not true that anyone else, other than the blogger, will get a chance to read it. The blogger may choose to delete that opinion. Before anyone else will see this post, WordPress will allow you the option of keeping it from being seen.

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